1972 USS Constellation Centennial Diamond Jubilee Medal

1972 USS Constellation Centennial Diamond Jubilee Medal
Obverse is inscribed: PER MARE INVICTUS MANEO above and OLDEST SHIP OF THE U.S. NAVY at bottom encircling a depiction of the ship with "CONSTELLATION" "SEPT 7, 1797" "P" underneath.
Reverse is inscribed: CENTENNIAL DIAMOND JUBILEE/ BY ACT OF CONGRESS encircling a displayed eagle with 1797 / 1972 underneath. The medal is in a sealed plastic bag and is probably made mostly of nickel.

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1 Beautiful MS+ grade coin! Coin is pristine in original packaging.
Courtesy of the Raleigh Coin Club at /articles/1997/constellation.html
" the Constellation has not gone uncelebrated in U.S. numismatic history. Many medals and tokens have been issued to honor the ship, but I am aware of only one that was struck by the U.S. Mint. It was struck to mark the ship’s 175th anniversary back in 1972, and was sponsored by the Constellation Restoration Committee. Funds raised from the sale of the medals helped pay for much needed restorations of the ship.

The medal was available in both silver and bronze, and in both small (1-5/16") and large (3") sizes; the large medals were struck in high relief and are quite impressive! Mintage figures for the set show 15,000 small silver medals, just 400 large silver medals, and 2

The large bronze medal sold for $25.00, the large silver for $95.99. The small silver medal was available individually for $10.00, or in a navy blue (What else?) velvet presentation case for $12.00. It was also available as part of a first day cover (FDC) canceled on board the ship on September 7, 1972; the FDC was priced at $12.00.

The medal was designed by Donald F. Stewart of the Constellation Restoration Committee, and sculpted by Sherl J. Winter of the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia.

The Constellation under full sail, firing a shot into the wind is the central design element of the medal’s obverse. The ship is encircled by the inscription "Per Mare, Invictus Maneo · Oldest Ship of the U.S. Navy". The Latin portion of the inscription translates to "At Sea, I Was Invincible." The ship’s name and launch date are also featured.

The reverse of the medal features a symbolic American War Eagle holding an anchor in its claws, surmounting the dates "1797/1972". The eagle is perched between the Globes Celestial and Terrestrial, and is encircled by 15 stars and the inscription "Centennial Diamond Jubilee · By Act of Congress".

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